Artist Sponsorship Opportunities

To sponsor an artist, please email gpreisser@operaorlando.org

or call 407-512-1900.

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Lloyd Reshard

Bass-baritone Lloyd Reshard has performed the iconic opera roles of Sarastro in The Magic Flute, The Mikado in The Mikado, and Dulcamara in L'elisir d'amore. Recipient of the NEA Encouragement Award at the 2012 District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Mr. Reshard continued to perform as bass soloist in the Messiah and other oratorio works with MasterWorks Choral of West Palm Beach and Naples Bach Ensemble. A passionate concert artist, Mr. Reshard has also self-produced a concert entitled Over Jordan: Freedom of American Negros in Song. He can also be seen as Balthazar in Opera Orlando’s touring production of Amahl and the Night Visitors, which will be his Opera Orlando debut.

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Edward Washington II

American tenor Edward Washington II is currently based in New York City. He is a former Orlando Opera Affiliate Artist and former artist with Florida Opera Theatre, Lighthouse Opera, Opera Fortunato, Central Florida Lyric Opera, and New York City Opera. Mr. Washington has been a featured soloist with the United States Air Force Band, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic, Orchestra Amadeus, Morgan State University Choir, and the American Spiritual Ensemble. Earlier this year he was featured as a soloist at Carnegie Hall. Edward will be singing with the Metropolitan Opera this fall.

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Chadley Ballantyne

Bass-baritone Chadley Ballantyne has performed with Opera Fort Collins, Fresco Opera Theatre, Union Avenue Opera Theatre, Light Opera Works, Opera for the Young, Utah Festival Opera Company, Main Street Opera, American Chamber Opera, and Theo Ubique. Mr. Ballantyne is an assistant professor of music: voice at Stetson University and has previously served on the voice faculties of the University of Northern Colorado, the Theatre Conservatory of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and North Park University. Mr. Ballantyne holds a Master of Music degree and a doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Illinois.

 

Shonn McCloud

Baritone Shonn McCloud was most recently seen in Winter Park Playhouse’s production of Ain’t Misbehavin in the role of Ken. Other notable Central Florida theater credits include Coalhouse in both St. Luke’s Theatre and Titusville Playhouse’s productions of Ragtime, Daddy Warbucks in the Garden Theatre’s production of Annie, and the Beast in St. Luke’s Theatre production of Beauty and the Beast. His favorite regional theater credits include Pharaoh in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Judd in Oklahoma!, Crooks in Of Mice and Men, Anselmo in Man of La Mancha, Fred in A Christmas Carol, Albert/Kevin in Clybourne Park, Alcippe in The Liar, Lloyd in One Man, Two Guvnors, and Mrs.Taylor/Pan/Bud in Bat Boy.

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Brandon Evans

Tenor Brandon Evans is known for his large and versatile voice. Equally comfortable in both lyric and dramatic roles, he also relishes hamming things up in comedic roles. Mr. Evans has completed young artist programs with St. Petersburg Opera, the Janiec Opera Company, Sarasota Opera, and Opera North. Brandon’s repertoire includes Alfredo in La Traviata, Roberto in Le Villi, Don José in BCarmen, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and Njegus in The Merry Widow. He also enjoys performing new works and working directly with composers, having created roles in two operas by composer Tom Sivak and participated in the professional premier of Griffin Candey’s Sweets by Kate.

 
 

Grant Preisser

Stage director and scenic designer Grant Preisser continues a national career in opera. His 2018-19 season commenced with his third production at UrbanArias in Washington, D.C., directing and designing the world premiere of Peter Hilliard and Matt Boresi’s The Last American Hammer, conducted by company general director Robert Wood. This production was also featured as part of Opera America’s New Works Forum in New York this past January. Mr. Preisser’s time with UrbanArias was followed by a return to Opera Orlando, where he provided scenic design for a new production of Tales of Hoffmann and directed and designed the company’s holiday production of Hansel & Gretel.

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Robin Jensen

Ms. Jensen is the music and education director for Opera Orlando and founded its Youth Program, as well as serving as conductor, chorus master and pianist for different productions. She has been a vocal coach, chorus master, and children’s chorus master for many Orlando Philharmonic’s musical and opera productions and has worked with companies such as Minnesota Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Opera IOWA, where she developed the educational opera company and created their first outreach opera workshops. During her tenure with the Orlando Opera, Robin has served as a conductor, assistant conductor, and stage director for many opera productions and held the title of Director of Music Administration and Education.


 
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Wesley Morgan

“Fresh voiced young tenor” (parterre.com) Wesley Morgan has been praised by conductors, stage directors and audiences for his “ringing tenor” and “gift for suave phrasing” (Greenville News). Of Wesley’s Opera in the Heights debut as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, BroadwayWorld.com said “Wesley Morgan’s polished tenor instrument is put to great use with this score.” Wesley reprised the role of Edgardo at the Belleayre Music Festival in the Catskills. After a New York City debut with Teatro Grattacielo on a gala concert featuring Aprile Milo, Wesley returned the following season as Alexis in Siberia. Opera News said of his performance “Wesley Morgan’s clear tenor made one wish Giordano had given Alexis more to sing.”

 

Tyler Putnam

Possessing a voice described as “robust and resonant” by TheatreMania and deemed a “standout” by Opera Magazine, bass Tyler Putnam brings a combination of intelligent musicianship and spirited dramatic interpretation to a wide variety of repertoire across the United States.

Last seen as Basilio in The Barber of Seville at Casa Feliz with Opera Orlando, Tyler is married to another Opera Orlando favorite, Sarah Nordin. . Looking ahead to 2020, Mr. Putnam will portray The Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance with Opera Tampa as well as Masetto in Don Giovanni with Nickel City Opera and will return to Opera Orlando as The Wells Fargo Agent Ashby in Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West at Church Street Station.

 
 
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Robin Jensen

Ms. Jensen is the music and education director for Opera Orlando and founded its Youth Program, as well as serving as conductor, chorus master and pianist for different productions. She has been a vocal coach, chorus master, and children’s chorus master for many Orlando Philharmonic’s musical and opera productions and has worked with companies such as Minnesota Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Opera IOWA, where she developed the educational opera company and created their first outreach opera workshops. During her tenure with the Orlando Opera, Robin has served as a conductor, assistant conductor, and stage director for many opera productions and held the title of Director of Music Administration and Education.

 
 
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Carlos Enrique Santelli

Winner of the 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, tenor Carlos Enrique Santelli is a recent graduate of Los Angeles Opera's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, where he covered Nadir in The Pearl Fishers. Last season, Mr. Santelli made his Dayton Opera debut as Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville. This season, he performs the role of Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore with Virginia Opera, and will sing the tenor solo in Mendelssohn’s Die Erste Walpurgisnacht with the Sacramento Choral Society.


 

Jenni Bank

Praised for her “lush” voice by The Wall Street Journal, mezzo-soprano Jenni Bank has a “deep, dark, penetrating tone…that can extract Verdian richness” (The Baltimore Sun). Ms. Bank was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and grew up in Binghamton, New York. Following early studies in voice, she attended The Peabody Conservatory and participated in prestigious Young Artist programs at Seattle Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera New Jersey, and the world-renowned Filene Young Artist Program at Wolf Trap Opera.  


 

Joshua Horsch

American conductor Joshua Horsch is an extremely versatile musician working in both the operatic and symphonic repertoire.  Recently named the winner of theAmerican Prize in Opera Conducting, Joshua’s recent and upcoming conducting engagements include Glory Denied and The Tender Land with Des Moines Metro Opera, L’elisir d’amore and La Cenerentola with Opera Las Vegas, H.M.S. Pinafore and Glory Denied with Tri-Cities Opera, The Cunning Little Vixen with Opera Steamboat, Glory Denied with Pensacola Opera, andThe Tender Land and Side by Side by Sondheim with theUniversity of Colorado-Boulder Eklund Opera Program.  


 
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Andrew Nienaber

Andrew Nienaber is the Artistic Director of Permian Basin Opera, helping to guide the company’s artistic vision as they venture into the business of producing opera. His productions of The Barber of Seville have been called "a rousing success" by the Winston-Salem Journal, and “legitimately hilarious” by Berkshire Fine Arts, and his Elixir of Love for Resonance Works Pittsburgh, awarded the American Prize for "Best Opera Performance of the Year", was hailed as "utterly, fabulously engaging," and "...one of the most charming entertainment experiences you can have this season..." His other directing credits include Tosca for l'Opera de Montreal, Opera Idaho, Opera Birmingham and Permian Basin Opera, Rusalka for Resonance Works Pittsburgh, The Magic Flute for Piedmont Opera and The Elixir of Love for Opera Idaho and Hubbard Hall Opera.